The untold truth of Rust

by 24USATVJan. 8, 2021, 3 p.m. 61
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Rust, the first-person survival game from Facepunch studios, has experienced a surge in popularity after its release in 2018. The official IGN review observes that while Rust integrates different survival game elements in interesting ways, it never reaches its full potential, even after four whole years of Early Access testing. However, gamers have changed the narrative on Rust by reviving the game years after its release.

While games like Fortnite have amassed a huge fanbase on streaming platforms like Twitch, Rust stands out because of its relative anonymity for the first few years of its existence. But what has streamers flocking to play Rust online? And who's attracting all those fans to Rust streams? Part of the answer lies in the innovative way that streamers approach Rust, which involves a combination of internet clout and roleplay.

On its surface, Rust is a survival game that places players on a server with others trying to survive just like them. With limited equipment at the beginning of a session, players must work to survive the wilderness while also living through encounters with others. However, a large part of Rust's story doesn't involve survival at all. It involves communal storytelling.

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